Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

2 April 2014

Malawi: President Joyce Banda Hands Over Houses to the Poor in Machinga

Machinga — President, Dr. Joyce Banda on Sunday handed over ten houses to the poor at Milaza Village, Traditional Authority Chikweo in Machinga South East where 59 United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)supporters defected to People's Party.

The President in her speech at Nakusupa Primary School Ground said constructions of houses for the poor, provision of cows to poor families are her development agenda.

"Building houses for the poor is my manifesto," the President told a rally where thousands upon thousands of people gathered to hear their beloved leader as she unpacked the PP's manifesto.

She said she believes in national programmes that target all people such as the Mudzi Transformation Trust (MTT).

The President said the Chikweo Mudzi Transformation project is special as the youth, women and men have all benefited from it.

Dr Banda inspected the houses before the handover to appreciate the beneficiaries' life before and after the new houses.

Life has transformed, according to the beneficiaries, most of whom were living in dilapidated houses that were characterized by leaking and were falling down at Group Village head Milaza's area about 100 kilometers from Machinga Boma.

The President therefore said the PP led Government has brought a good financial and governance record within two years in office.

"The country had no forex, no fuel, no maize in Admarc deports," the President said while further reminding the people of poor international relations by the DPP regime.

She added that no companies have been closed down during her regime as her government has created a conducive trade and industrial environment for the private sector.

President Banda therefore promised the people that road and other infrastructure development in the country will improve with construction of Makanjira road and airport in Mangochi and construction of the long awaited Chingale - Lirangwe road and rehabilitation of Chileka International Airport.

Tradition Authority Ngokwe who spoke for Chikweo subjects commended the President for the Farm Input Subsidised Programme which he said helped households in the area to realize some harvest though some have little to eat due to unfavourable weather.

He therefore pointed out that there is food insecurity in the area that needs some relief.

Ngokwe also asked for electricity at Ngokwe Health Center, staff houses for Ngokwe Police saying the area need adequate security as it borders with Mozambique where a lot of cross border crimes occur.

During the meeting DPP Governor for Machinga district, Richman Kataya defected to the PP alongside 59 DPP and UDF supports.

President Dr Joyce Banda welcomed them as PP Provincials Chair for the East Samson Msosa took role of a voter and civic educator when he started to sensetise the rally on president Banda's features on the ballot paper and how to carefully tick or thumb for her on May 20.

He also called on the people in Machinga South to vote for the PP parliamentary candidate for Machinga South East Rev. Wilson Ndomondo, PP ward council aspirant for Ngokwe, Mac Bain Malemu and Stoneck Killi for Chikweo ward.

Ndomondo is contesting against DPP, UDF, Umodzi Party candidates and two other independent candidates while Malemu is contesting against DPP and UDF candidates as Killi will race against Peoples Progressive Movement, DPP, UDF and an independent candidate in a month to come.

Machinga has been a UDF stronghold since 1994 but Msosa expressed optimism that PP will turn the trend on May 20.

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